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Leeds book Championship play-off final spot after four-goal Norwich thrashing

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Leeds United have moved a step closer to an instant Premier League return by advancing to next weekend’s Championship play-off final after thrashing Norwich City 4-0 at Elland Road

Leeds United are through to the Championship play-off final after thrashing Norwich City(Michael Regan)

So much for Leeds’ play-off curse.

They smashed Norwich in front of an electric Elland Road to return to top form and book their place in the Championship play-off Final on Sunday week.

Neither Southampton nor West Brom will fancy them at Wembley after this high-octane display and Daniel Farke’s side were back to their very best.

After stuttering in the final weeks of the campaign to miss out on automatic promotion, Leeds blew Norwich away, scoring three goals in the first 40 minutes.

Leeds are back at Wembley for the first time since they lost the 2008 League One play-off Final to Doncaster and they have not won at the home of football since Eric Cantona scored a hat-trick in their 1992 Charity Shield victory over Liverpool.

They will take some stopping on this compelling evidence and they were unplayable.

Norwich, under David Wagner who won the 2017 Championship play-offs with Huddersfield, had no answer to Leeds.

It was a sweet moment for Farke after he was sacked by Norwich in 2021 despite winning the Championship twice with them, but the German has too much class to gloat.

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